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Introducing: Rachel Gravel

A long overdue introduction to Rachel Gravel, Access Services Librarian!

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Job title: Access Services Librarian

Location in Library: Floor 1M

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

I make library resources available to the Wheelock community. That means I oversee library circulation, interlibrary loan and course reserves, and help to promote these services. I also supervise library student workers, provide research help at the service desk and collaborate with the other librarians to make sure we’re providing our patrons with the best resources and services we can.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:

Interlibrary loan! ILL is a fabulous way for libraries to get ahold of materials we don’t have and put them into the hands of our patrons. Because we can’t buy every book, journal, film or album ever created, resource sharing among libraries is a real advantage to smaller institutions like us. If there’s something you want and we don’t have it, don’t give up! We’re happy to show you how to place ILL requests to help you get want you need from another library.

What is a typical work day like for you?

On a given day, you might find me processing ILL requests, setting up course reserves, helping patrons with research or printing or locating resources, developing plans for new library services, promoting a library happening, selecting materials to add to the collection, mentoring our student workers and pre-professional staff or catching up with professional development opportunities and readings (because after all, librarianship is a lifelong learning profession). No two days are exactly alike and that’s what keeps me coming back!

What is your favorite website?

Every morning I make the news rounds online to my favorites: npr.org, nytimes.com, and boston.com. More interestingly, I like scary stories and recently discovered creepypasta!

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

Pretty much anything in the 830s (German literature).

When I’m not at work, you can find me…

Spending time with friends, reading, cooking, crafting or watching sci-fi flicks/shows.


Globes

Google Arts & Culture

Google Cultural Institute, founded in 2011, offers cultural heritage intuitions an opportunity to share their amazing collections with the world. In turn the user is given an opportunity to explore collections they might not be able to access otherwise; but also, to experience the collections in a way that is not better than seeing them in person, but different.

I encourage you to first check out this TED talk given by Amit Sood, director of Google’s Cultural Institute and Art Project. And then explore Google Arts & Culture yourself.


Introducing: Allison Smith

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Job title:  Acquisitions & Administrative Assistant

Location in Library: Floor 2

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

I manage serials collections and administrative and financial support services for Academic Resources.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:

If you think there is something we ought to have in our collection let us know!

What is a typical work day like for you?

I’m generally processing serials, ordering and receiving books, and giving directions to lost students since my desk is right by the stairwell.

What is your favorite website?

Probably MotherJones.  I’m also on Goodreads a lot (unsurprisingly).

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

One of my recent favorites is Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon.

When I’m not at work, you can find me…

at one of my 2 other library jobs or over at Simmons where I’m studying for my MLS


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WINNER: Pumpkin Decorating Contest

And the winner is…

*drum roll*

IT & CAMPUS SERVICES!

 “The Three Little Pumpkins and the Big Bad Gourd”

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Congratulations to the IT & Campus Services departments. This is their second consecutive pumpkin contest win! This year’s voting results were SO close, and all submissions deserve a huge round of applause. Make sure to join in the fun next October to see if you can out-craft the reigning champions.